"Dangerous" - severe flood warning for Iford Bridge Home Park as heavy rain continues

Bournemouth Echo: Iford Bridge Home Park "dangerous" as flood warning is upgraded to severe Iford Bridge Home Park "dangerous" as flood warning is upgraded to severe

The Environment Agency has issued a severe flood warning for Iford Bridge Home Park as Dorset is hit by more heavy rain and strong winds.

In a message posted on their website just before midnight the Environment Agency said: "Iford Bridge Home Park will remain very dangerous until at least mid-day on Friday 3rd January. Residents should be aware that high tides may keep river levels in the Iford area high for some time. An 'All Clear' message will be issued on Floodline when the risk passes and it is safe to return to the park."

The warning, which means there is a "danger to life" is one of 14 issued for the south west and was upgraded overnight.

Residents of Iford Bridge home Park were evacuated by Bournemouth Council at 3pm yesterday.

The council made arrangements for overnight accommodation for those who are unable to do so themselves.

This is the second time in eight days residents have been evacuated from their homes after an emergency rescue was carried out in the early hours of Christmas morning due to rising waters.

Residents at the Beaulieu Garden Park Home Site were also advised to evacuate by East Dorset District Council.

Heavy flooding is also predicted at Christchurch Harbour Side and Stour Park Homes.

A flood warning is also in place for Poole Harbour at West Quay and Lower Hamworthy Quay for two hours after high tide from 10.30 am. A wind strength of Force 7 has been forecast.

Farms at Sturminster Marshall, shops in Wimborne, Mill Street in Corfe Mullen, Bridge House Hotel in Ferndown, Brecon Close, Ringwood Road, Throop Road in Bournemouth and Barrack Road in Christchurch were also placed on alert.

Areas of Wareham, Dorchester and Lower Blandford St Mary have also been issued with flood warnings.

The South West looks set to bear the brunt of the storm with flood warnings being put in place at more than 60 locations.

The Environment Agency has also been warning people to keep back if they are on the coast in Dorset today due to an increased risk of being swept out to sea.

Brittany Ferries said that the 6.30pm Cherbourg to Poole sailing has been put back to 8.30pm due to poor weather. Last check-in is at 7.45pm.

In Christchurch, Wharncliffe Road has been closed between Wharncliffe Gardens and Waterford Road due to emergency tree felling works.

 

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8:09am Fri 3 Jan 14

TinyLegacy says...

What's the betting they'll be moaning to the Echo again DESPITE having been evacuated beforehand? I'm amazed the human race has evolved sometimes... did we always set up camp next flood-prone rivers on low-lying land?
What's the betting they'll be moaning to the Echo again DESPITE having been evacuated beforehand? I'm amazed the human race has evolved sometimes... did we always set up camp next flood-prone rivers on low-lying land? TinyLegacy

8:52am Fri 3 Jan 14

skydriver says...

No doubt the MANAGERS, will want an inquiry as to why we had had such dreadful weather , and why wasn't the site built higher so any increase in river hight wouldn't effect the site................
of course this is said tongue in cheek .
No doubt the MANAGERS, will want an inquiry as to why we had had such dreadful weather , and why wasn't the site built higher so any increase in river hight wouldn't effect the site................ of course this is said tongue in cheek . skydriver

1:28pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Understated says...

my father claims weather used to be this bad when he was a young boy and it used to be a frequent occurence, i guess we have taken our better weather for granted in the past few decades and grown ignorant enough to think its safe to live by the river.

i would like to think people will soon stop moaning that its simply "cold" or just a little drizzly but we all know that will never stop!
my father claims weather used to be this bad when he was a young boy and it used to be a frequent occurence, i guess we have taken our better weather for granted in the past few decades and grown ignorant enough to think its safe to live by the river. i would like to think people will soon stop moaning that its simply "cold" or just a little drizzly but we all know that will never stop! Understated

2:27pm Fri 3 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

Understated wrote:
my father claims weather used to be this bad when he was a young boy and it used to be a frequent occurence, i guess we have taken our better weather for granted in the past few decades and grown ignorant enough to think its safe to live by the river.

i would like to think people will soon stop moaning that its simply "cold" or just a little drizzly but we all know that will never stop!
And have you noticed that what we all used to simply call 'bad weather' is now referred to as man made 'climate change' by some folk - as if a bit of bad weather is something completely new.
[quote][p][bold]Understated[/bold] wrote: my father claims weather used to be this bad when he was a young boy and it used to be a frequent occurence, i guess we have taken our better weather for granted in the past few decades and grown ignorant enough to think its safe to live by the river. i would like to think people will soon stop moaning that its simply "cold" or just a little drizzly but we all know that will never stop![/p][/quote]And have you noticed that what we all used to simply call 'bad weather' is now referred to as man made 'climate change' by some folk - as if a bit of bad weather is something completely new. muscliffman

6:43pm Fri 3 Jan 14

YInsider says...

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Inside the Environment Agency Whistleblower Blog: http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk YInsider

8:46pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Huey says...

Is this a gypsy site?
Is this a gypsy site? Huey

11:04pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Yankee1 says...

The Council should withdraw its license. The site is clearly not safe and the council has a duty to ensure that it does not license dangerous sites.
The Council should withdraw its license. The site is clearly not safe and the council has a duty to ensure that it does not license dangerous sites. Yankee1

4:52pm Sat 4 Jan 14

stevobath says...

The reports about Iford Bridge is now rather boring. Any normal person who grew up in the area would tell you. it's a stupid place for what is basically a 'Trailer Park'.

The Stour is a tidal river & add the unique double tides & high rainfall it's always been a floodplain. You only have to read into the name I-FORD.
Anyone moaning about being flooded out & living by that part of the river should be laughed at or pitied. Idiots hoping to pass the buck & blame others for their own stupidity.
Personally, it always seemed like anyone who lived there thought they owned the whole area & seemed to especially hate any local kids who lived & played near the Bridge.
The reports about Iford Bridge is now rather boring. Any normal person who grew up in the area would tell you. it's a stupid place for what is basically a 'Trailer Park'. The Stour is a tidal river & add the unique double tides & high rainfall it's always been a floodplain. You only have to read into the name I-FORD. Anyone moaning about being flooded out & living by that part of the river should be laughed at or pitied. Idiots hoping to pass the buck & blame others for their own stupidity. Personally, it always seemed like anyone who lived there thought they owned the whole area & seemed to especially hate any local kids who lived & played near the Bridge. stevobath

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